High Holy Day Preparation Series begins September 1 at 7 p.m.

Days of Awe preparation starts September 1, 2011.

 The Jewish month of Elul is traditionally a time for personal reflection and spiritual preparation for the New Year. It offers an opportunity to examine what is holding us back from being who we really want to be. Join BCC on 4 nights of study when we will once again take concrete steps towards becoming advocates for change—together!

This year our evenings of preparation for the Days of Awe will be on Thursday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm. Arrive at 6:30 pm, if you like, for a little Torah study warm-up with Rabbi Edwards, followed by a different teacher each week:

September 1, Rabbi Lisa Edwards on Kol Nidre and the moving words and ritual that surround it.

September 8, Rabbi Heather Miller on Teshuvah.

September 15, Dr. Rachel Adler, Rabbinic Intern/Scholar in Residence on the theology of al cheyt and the concept of viddui– the confessions we make on Yom Kippur (and other times in our lives).

September 22, Cantor Juval Porat on music as a commentary (midrash) on the words of the Unetaneh Tokef.

Worried, because you don’t know any of the terms in the titles of these sessions?—all the more reason to come! No matter your level of knowledge, these sessions will be thought-provoking and moving too—helping us all prepare for the Days of Awe to follow.